Eid guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

The latest government advice as of 15 July 2020.

Eid is celebrated around the world by its 1.7 billion followers and is typically marked with congregational prayers, social gatherings and visits, festive meals, charity and gift giving.

Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, is the second Islamic holiday of the year which will be celebrated on 31 July (dependent on moon sighting). It is traditionally celebrated by coming together with family and friends. The day starts with a congregational prayer at the mosque.

However, this year is going to be very different given the global situation with COVID-19.

It remains important to continue to avoid mass gatherings, keep socially distances outside our homes and keep washing our hands to reduce the risk to ourselves and our families.

It is important to stick to the guidelines that only two households come together at one time, and you should try and limit the number of people visiting your house at any one time, and also limit the number of visitors each day, to protect yourself and your family.

Any visitors should wash their hands when they arrive, or use hand sanitizer, and it is important that you avoid shaking hands, hugging or any other physical contact with people you don’t live with. Visitors should keep the 2m apart as much as possible inside the house and avoid sitting face to face and avoid sharing or passing objects between people. It is important to clean any common touch points like door handles and taps when your guests leave.

When you visit friends or family during these celebrations please be mindful also of people’s health, if you are taking a gift try to give something that will help someone stay healthy as many of us are trying to reduce our health risks before the second wave.

The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.

Staying alert when meeting people you do not live with

In order to keep you and your family and friends safe, it remains very important that you stay alert when meeting family and friends.

  • only socialise indoors with members of up to 2 households ‒ this includes when dining out
  • socialise outdoors in a group of up to 6 people from different households or up to 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household)
  • not hold or attend celebrations of any size (such as parties or wedding receptions) where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing
  • not stay overnight away from your home with members of more than 2 households (including your support bubble)
  • limit social interaction with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives. The more people with whom you interact, the more chances we give the virus to spread

Gathering in larger groups

It’s against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces), or in a public outdoors space, unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Using digital technology

It’s great to see digital platforms like Zoom, Teams, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Facebook helping our communities stay in touch with each other and bringing live sermons to people’s homes during the lockdown.

For anyone wanting to learn new recipes, Youtube has been a brilliant tool for people to learn new dishes for Iftar. Why not learn new recipes for Eid as well.

Families have used Zoom, House Party, Skype and other video conferencing platforms to keep in touch with other.

You can also donate online too. The council has recently Citylife Line, a new service to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can offer support and or request support, details can be found here.

To stay well

  • Always stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, especially if you have been outside
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Try exercising inside your home and keep your mind active with indoor hobbies like cooking, reading, puzzles, online activities and talk on the phone to family and friends.

Further information and advice can be found on the The Muslim Council of Britain website. 

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